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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

News - WAGS Tournament: PWSI Courage Gold cruise past California''s DMCV Sharks White

News - WAGS Tournament: PWSI Courage Gold cruise past California''s DMCV Sharks White

By Jenny Taylor
U-16 Showcase: PWSI Courage Gold '95 3-0 DMCV Sharks 95/96 White
Sunday, 09 October @ George Mason University intramural field #1
Prince William Soccer, Inc. has a long tradition of success. Perhaps the Northern Virginia club's most talented product, Ali Krieger, shined this summer at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

A five-time Virginia State Cup champion during her youth career, Krieger's penalty kick clinched one of the most dramatic wins in sports history for the U.S. National Team during their amazing match against Brazil in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals this summer.

Unsurprisingly, there are high hopes for the latest PWSI team to attract college scouts' attention, PWSI Courage Gold '95. The team holds the 2011 Region 1 title and a sixth-place national ranking – the only Virginia squad in the top 20.
In their last college showcase, the Courage netted 16 goals in four games to easily take the OBGC Capital Cup.

The story in their WAGS Tournament match on Sunday was no different. Courage Gold faced the DMCV Sharks of Southern California, who are ranked 231 spots below the Courage.

With three forwards up top and a solid midfield, it's no wonder the Courage have strong scoring records. Midfielder Annah Lindberg showed off creative moves in the middle for PWSI, but they could not place shots on frame.

Ashley Skertic finally gave PWSI the lead after rebounding her own corner kick and rocketing a shot to the near post. The Sharks did have several opportunities to tie the game before halftime, but lacked shooting accuracy.

Cassidy Rowell dominated the air for the Courage in the second half, scoring two consecutive goals off set-piece headers. By the final whistle, PWSI had notched an easy 3-0 win over the Sharks, who made a cross-country trip to play in this year's WAGS tournament.

Courage Gold settled for a 1-1 draw against HMMS Eagle FC Force on Monday, completing a 2-0-1 weekend mark having scored eight goals and allowed just one in their three games.

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